February 2019 Meeting Minutes

Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) Meeting Minutes 02/13/2019
Present (13): K1TA, K1DSG, N1DPD, KB1UOB, AI1V, K4JCS, ND1L, KC1AUH, N1CT, N1ZD, AA1XV, W1SMS, W1GIG

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Meeting minutes from January 2019 approved.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month. The Board did not meet because too many members are in Florida.
Technical Committee:​ Some problem with the N1LLL repeater last week. Was checked out by K4JCS and N1LLL, nothing significant found. May have just been snow/ice on the antenna. Seems to be working properly now. Everything else working properly.

Comm center roof is still not complete. Until it is, we cannot re-install the low band HF antenna (30-80 meters). Also, need to get on roof to re-tie the beam’s coax and rotor cables to the mast.
Public Service:​ Nothing upcoming in the next month.
The major public service events for spring/summer have now finalized their dates: Fairfield Half Marathon – Sunday June 2 Bloomin Metric – Sunday June 9 (was formerly mid May) MS Ride – Sunday June 23 (was formerly early June). Conflicts with Field Day but we expect to be able to staff this.
Education Committee:​ A number of people suggested a General class for the spring since there have been two or three Tech classes in the area recently. Education committee has not finalized but intends to do so this month.
Special Events:​ Nothing scheduled in the next month.
Field Day:​ AA1XV accepted position as Field Day captain. Stamford club has contacted us about doing a joint field day this year because their normal site is not available. K1TA and AA1XV to contact them and see what can be worked out.

The meeting was closed at 8:05 pm.

Jess noted that there is an upswell of D-Star activity in the area.

January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) Meeting Minutes 01/09/2019

Meeting opened 7:30 by K1TA Meeting minutes from November 2018 approved. We had the annual party in lieu of a meeting in December, so no minutes for December.

Department Reports:
Finance:​ Checking and savings both good. Checking higher than usual this time of year due to sale of donated equipment. A suggestion was made to put savings into a CD to get higher interest. Treasurer to investigate.
Communications​: No communications of note.
Board​: No board actions this month.
Technical Committee:​ Everything working properly. Fusion repeater disconnected from internet due to bad internet connection at the site. The owner of site is working on it.

ND1L is asking for a 2m regular analog base/mobile station to use for setting up an Echolink or IRLP connection to the Norwalk 2m repeater from Westchester. If anyone has a rig they could lend to ND1L, please contact him directly.

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Update: All three HF radios have been sold!  Power supply sold!

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November 2018 Meeting Minutes


Meeting opened at 7:30 by K1TA. Minutes of October meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:

Finance: No significant changes reported. Checking and savings accounts similar to last month.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Curt reported a power supply issue with his Fusion repeater, which was fixed.  All club repeaters all operating properly.

Education Committee: No classes have been scheduled. Expecting to run a class in the spring.

Special Events: No events

Nominating Committee: The nominating committee (K1WYQ, N1PLH and N1ZD) has nominated the existing officers to serve another term: President K1TA, Vice President WB2JVB, Secretary AI1V, Treasurer W1PPL.  Nominations from the floor are open until the January meeting, when voting will occur.

Reminder that the holiday party is next month, and the sign up details are on the web site. All are welcome!

Meeting adjourned 7:45


Steve, K1RF presented an interesting session on end fed half wave antennas, which seem to have many good features for multiband operation if built correctly. His presentation is available here. Thank you Steve for the great information.

K1RF’s presentation on End Fed Half Wave Antennas

Please see the PDF attachment for the excellent presentation given by Steve, K1RF on end fed half wave antennas.

End Fed Half Wave Antennas


October 2018 Meeting Minutes


Meeting opened at 7:30 by AI1V. Minutes of Sept meeting approved as posted.

Department Reports:

Finance: No significant changes reported.

Board: No board actions this month.

Technical Committee: Repeaters all operating properly.

K1TA and WB2JVB tested a quick-up/quick-down 40m vertical antenna in the parking lot. Worked well. Will enable us to operate 40m since the Fire Dept won’t let us put up another wire antenna.

W1FSM opened a discussion with the attendees about whether they support the idea of putting effort and money into connecting to the CT ARES analog linked repeater network. Given the location of the nearest repeaters currently in that network, we would undoubtedly need to fund and operate a linking repeater between us and them (including power, backup power, and a significant antenna structure). The sense of those present is that it’s not clear that there is a value proposition to the effort given the number and types of statewide communications systems the State operates as well as the existence of the CT ARES DMR network and the suitability of NVIS HF for backup communications within a state the size of CT. There was also a sense that we should pursue an Echolink connection into the CT ARES analog linked repeater network to further investigate the relevance of the network to normal and emergency operations.

Education Committee: No classes have been scheduled. We did give a number of VE exams since the last meeting.

Special Events: On Sept 15, GNARC members helped provide radio communications for the Lighthouse-to-Lighthouse Kayak race (a charity fundraising event from Norwalk Harbor out and back to the Green’s Ledge Light). One of our operators was involved in assisting two different kayakers who got themselves into trouble (including one who had to be taken back to Norwalk on a safety boat).

On Sept 30, GNARC members conducted an HF in the park operation at Sherwood Island State Park. We put up two antennas (a 40m and 20m) in a tree using a slingshot and then operated HF sideband on battery (100w) for over 2 hours. We had QSOs as far away as Germany, Florida, and Minnesota. We discovered that there is a Parks On The Air (POTA) program similar to Islands On The Air (IOTA) and will spot ourselves on their website the next time we decide to go out.

On Oct 6, in a last minute request for assistance, GNARC members provided course monitors for the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) 2018 Connecticut Chapter Optimism Walk in Sherwood Island State Park. Our members fanned out over the route of the walk to provide radio communications in case participants needed medical assistance (EMS was present at the park). There were over 200 participants, and the APDA people were extremely grateful, especially given the last minute nature of their request to us. The request came to us through AB1GL and AB1LZ in Region 3 and we thank them.

Nominating Committee: Nothing to report at this time.

Meeting adjourned 8:10

Marty KA1WBN gave an interesting and thought-provoking talk on customer service concepts and how those apply to ham radio – especially when are operating at public service events and when providing emergency communications. Thank you Marty.

2018 Sherwood Island Portable Ops

Today a group of GNARC members operated portable form Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Attending were Paul WB2JVB, Joe KC1AUH, Jon AI1V, Paul W1PPL, Steve KB1YLQ and Curt W1FSM.

We had two antennas, an end fed multiband and a Buddipole set for 20m. The end fed was used on 40m.

Conditions were surprisingly good! We had no problems making contacts up and down the East coast, the mid West and into Canada on 40. When we switched to 20, we talked to several European stations (Germany was one) and out to Minnesota.  Jon and Paul JVB did the operating.

This was a very fun day, perfect weather and good HF propagation.  We plan to do this again, as Sherwood is now free to get in, and it is an official park, Z1715, so if you get spotted, you get lots of calls.

Here are a few pictures from the day.